Thanks to EVERYONE who came out to this edition of the Columbus Songwriting Workshop. This time around was one of the best workshops we’ve done so far. The new venue was a huge success and we look forward to working with the Jazz Academy more in the future. Please sign our mailing list if you have not to stay connected when we announce the next workshop. Once again we want to thank WCBE 90.5 our local NPR affiliate, Songs At The Center, Six String Concert Series, and the Jazz Arts Group for partnering with us. Also special thanks to Doug at Six Strings, Vanessa and Zach at JAG, Eric Gnezda, Cliff Boggs, Jim Coe, and everyone who helped support this event! Stay tuned!

Saturday Details

To those who have signed up we thank you! A few details you will need to know for Saturday.


The Jazz Academy is located on the 4th floor of the historic Lincoln Theatre complex, 769 E. Long Street, in the King-Lincoln District of Columbus. Parking is available directly next to the theatre, across the street in the Gateway parking lot, or on the street. Parking is free. Enter through the double red doors with the Jazz Academy logo and either ride the elevator or climb the stairs to the 4th floor. Click for directions to the Jazz Academy.


Pre-Register on the menu bar link on this website for a discounted rate (discount has been extended up until the day of) OR Register day of at 9:30am at the Jazz Academy on Saturday (day of registration is $5 more).


10am – 10:15am Introduction

10:15 – 11:15 Storytelling Songwriting with Matt Monta

11:15 – 12:15 Blues Songwriting with Chris Gatton and Jon Elliot

12:15pm – 1:15pm Hip Hop Songwriting with Eric Rollin

1:15 – 2:00 Lunch/Networking break (Pizza and refreshments provided)

2:00 – 3:00 Vocal Class with Jon Elliot

3:00 – 4:00 Recording for Songwriters with Neal Schmitt

4:00 – 4:30 Workshop/Complete Songs (from Storytelling/Blues/Hip Hop Workshops)

4:30 – 5:30 Song Sharing Session

Other Details

-If you want to bring a guitar, you can, but it is not necessary. We will have a guitar to pass around for people that do not have one for song sharing. There will be a piano available as well if that is your instrument.

-There will be light snacks/refreshments in the morning (bagels, coffee) but plan on eating before hand as it will be a long fun day of songwriting and sharing. You will need the energy.

-Bottled water will be available for participants.

-Bring a pad and pencil if you can to take notes.

-Bring business cards to share and network with other songwriters. You can bring cds/download cards as well if you so choose.

Any other questions you may have please feel free to contact Chris at c.topherjames @ gmail . com or contact us on Facebook at our link here